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An avid educator as well as performer and composer, Rebecca combines a Bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College and a Master’s degree in Music from Georgia State with over 20 years of performance, recording, and teaching experience. She is proud of her ongoing roster of voice and piano students she has been privileged to teach over the years. Many have won scholarship and leading roles in musical productions, excelled in competitions and festivals, produced their own albums, advanced to perform professionally, received local and national recognition in Billboard magazine, Time Warner New Artist of the Year, and been chosen to work with judges such as Pharrell Williams on the NBC hit TV series “The Voice”.
A native Tennessean, she has three CD’s to her credit, a vocal jazz arrangement on the Sony/BMG record label, and a combined performance, recording, and touring resume spanning the U.S., England, Scotland, Wales, France, and Japan in choral ensembles of all sizes and as a solo performer. She has opened for Mel Torme, worked with Mac Frampton and the Hollywood Hills Orchestra, the Atlanta Pops, and co-founded the acclaimed vocal jazz quartet, South City Voices. Rebecca has also appeared as a performing artist/lecturer with nationally renowned author Dr. Philip Furia at MTSU for a tribute to songwriter Johnny Mercer. She teamed once again with the South City Voices for the second album of pop recording artist Brent Cash on the German record label, Marina Records, released in 2011.
On the writing side, this award-winning singer/songwriter released her debut album of original music “To A Warmer Heart” in 2001, which featured Rebecca’s multi-faceted musical skills as well as that of other outstanding musicians. She has arranged for big band and orchestra, and composed and arranged songs for vocal jazz and intermediate classical piano. Her musical composition setting to “The Mirror Poems” won national recognition in the 2012 NATS Art Song Composition Competition.
Mollye Otis specializes in singing pedagogy for musical theatre. She opened her independent teaching practice, “STAR CITY STUDIO“, in Roanoke,Virginia after retiring from East Carolina University in 2017, where she served as the voice teacher for the BFA Musical Theatre Program. Previously, she was a faculty member of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, the Penn State University, the University of Central Florida, the New World School for the Arts and the Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training. As a freelance musician, she spent many years in New York music directing, playing in pit orchestras, coaching, and playing rehearsals, auditions and classes. She has played for the Broadway shows Chicago and Victor Victoria and national tours of Spamalot, My Fair Lady, Forbidden Broadway, and Drowsy Chaperone.
Ms. Otis is a proud member of 802 American Federation of Musicians Union of New York, the National Association of Teachers of Singing (Virginia chapter), Music Teachers National Association (Roanoke Valley chapter), Musical Theatre Educators Alliance, The Association for Popular Music Education, and the Southwest Virginia Songwriters Association. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees of Music, a Vocology Certificate, certification in LoVetri Somatic Voice and Lisa Popeil Voiceworks, as well as training in Estill Voice International, Levels I and II.
Mollye’s students are working on Broadway, national tours, regional theaters, Disney productions, cruise ships and theme park shows. She counts her greatest thrill as seeing them onstage, doing what they love to do and finding their way to joy as successful singing actors.
People who are deaf or hard of hearing can now enjoy concerts and music festivals the same way hearing people do. Interpreters like Amber Galloway-Gallego and Matt Maxey are changing the way deaf audience members experience live music. They use their entire body and facial expressions to communicate not only the lyrics but the volume and emotion going into the songs. They also are using their bodies to represent bass drops and using slang signage, especially for hip hop music. To learn more about how concert experiences are changing for the deaf community, please visit: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/ct-ent-asl-interpreters-lolla-0803-story.html